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Reflecting life and career: Advice to an LIS graduate student
What do I value about libraries? asked a student. What is essential for a library student to know? Here are several ways in which life experiences have influenced my views.

A post reflecting on advice to somebody starting their library career, which leans on personal experience more than most. 

Selected publications - Lorcan Dempsey
I have written widely over the years. Topics have evolved, but follow a general chronological arc from the technical, through the description of evolving digital systems and services, to organizational and institutional issues.

A pretty full list of publications with a commentary on themes of interest. 

And as a starter, here are some posts about topics of special interest or with which I am associated. 
Collection directions accelerated? Pandemic effects
Over the past few years I have been talking about three systemic ways in which collections, broadly understood, are evolving in a network environment. They are: the collective collection, the facilitated collection, and the inside-out collection.

Discusses collective collections, inside out collections and the facilitated collection with links to other writings. 

The powers of library consortia 1: how consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence
Libraries and related organizations group together in a variety of ways to get their work done. They consort where there are scale advantages: to lobby, for example, to negotiate and license, to reduce costs, or to build shared infrastructure.

The first in a series of posts on library collaboration. Discusses the balance between autonomy and efficient working and issues of collective action.

Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting
We are now used to memory institutions as a way of collectively referring to libraries, archives and museums.

A discussion of memory and forgetting and the role of memory institutions. 


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